Friday, April 27, 2018

CHS Junior, Claire Margetts Wins $500 Personal Finance Award

Claire Margetts
PALO ALTO, California, April 26, 2018- Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce two students from Nebraska have received an Honorable Mention Award in their inaugural PAYBACK Challenge.

Congratulations to Andrea Jackson from Franklin Public School (Franklin) and Claire Margetts from Chadron High School (Chadron).

Each of the 150 national Honorable Mention winners (listed here) will receive a $500 award from NGPF to be used for educational purposes. NGPF will announce the ten PAYBACK Challenge Finalists next Thursday, May 3rd.

This essay contest attracted over 500 submissions from students in all fifty states. After playing the award-winning game, PAYBACK, students wrote a 250 word essay with the following prompt:

“How could you use the online game, PAYBACK, to have a conversation with your parent/guardian about paying for college?” 

Teachers from over 500 classrooms nominated the best student essay. NGPF staff then reviewed these essays, judging them based on the following criteria: 
● Indicates an understanding of key concepts learned by playing the game PAYBACK. 
● Addresses concerns their parents/guardians may have about this sensitive topic. 
● Takes a creative approach to engaging parents/guardians in a conversation about college. 

Each of the Honorable Mention winners will receive a $500 award from NGPF to be used for educational purposes. NGPF will announce the ten PAYBACK Challenge Finalists next Thursday, May 3rd. 

“Over 60,000 students played PAYBACK during the contest period,” noted NGPF Founder, Tim Ranzetta. “Reading through hundreds of essays demonstrated how PAYBACK spurred so many thoughtful conversations between students and their parents/guardians. We applaud the educators who provided their students with the opportunity to grapple with these challenging decisions BEFORE they leave high school. Congratulations to the winners and to all those who participated!” 

Here’s how a few students explained what they learned after playing PAYBACK: 

"After completing the game, I discussed strategic ways to lower college costs with my parents. I presented choices I made during the game, which spurred conversations of how to collectively save money."

"Payback serves as an excellent tool. It showed me that paying for college is not only possible but manageable, and moreover, help initiate the conversation that desperately needed to happen between my parents and myself. College doesn't have to be impossible."

"Payback is a simulation of the real college experience. It shows that college is truly a constant balance of focus, connections, happiness, and debt and that only with the right tools will one be successful."

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Student Anxiety Documentary at CSC April 30th

Parents are invited to attend a screening of the documentary "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety". 

Screenings of the 56-minute documentary are Monday, April 30th at 1 PM and 7 PM at Memorial Hall on the CSC campus. Admission is free. To reserve seats, please call 308-432-6302 or email

Documentary webpage:

According to press materials, “Angst” producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal with their 
documentary: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, 
“Angst” tells the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and 
relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.

Culinary Arts Students Get Restaurant Experience at Estes Park Resort

Three Culinary Arts 2 students took part in a daylong session of cooking techniques, learning career options, participated in banquet preparation and menu development. The opportunity came across with an invitation to bring Chadron Culinary 2 students to an newly formed resort/restaurant in Estes Park, CO. Students worked under Executive Chef Jacob Tew and Sous Chef Kristina Olsen, both are chefs at the Latitude 105 Alehouse Restaurant located inside the Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park.

The day began with the students preparing breakfast and lunch, including lessons on poaching eggs and making hollandaise sauce. During a break in the day, the hotel sales manager and executive chef counseled the culinary students on various career opportunities they would have in the hospitality industry. The Ridgeline was also hosting a 55-person banquet that night, so the students assisted with every aspect, from preparation to presentation.

Ending the day on a sweet note, the students worked with the Latitude 105 culinary team to develop the restaurant’s signature milkshake specials for the week ahead.

This was a true experience of a lifetime for these students to spend a day in the professional kitchen and learn more about the world of hospitality. “Working at the Ridgeline Hotel of Estes Park was one of the best experiences of my life” Paige Carratinni said. “Not only is my career choice now fully cemented in the culinary and hospitality field, but the interactions, connections, and memories I made in the kitchen are ones I will never forget.” Paige was joined by classmates Aubree Noble, Lindsay Tobacco and their instructor Brenda Budler.

Paige, Lindsey & Aubree

Monday, April 23, 2018

Chadron 2018 FFA State Convention Results

(Submitted by Billy Tidyman, Chapter Reporter)

After months of district competitions and team practices, members of the Chadron FFA Chapter put their hard work to the test while competing at the state convention during the week of April 3rd-6th 2018. The students left early on a snowy Tuesday morning and returned Friday evening after spending a busy few days in Lincoln. A total of 34 students competed in 16 different Career Development Events including: Ag Biotechnology, Ag Communications, Ag Mechanics, Agriscience, Agronomy, Environmental and Natural Resources, Farm and Agribusiness Management, Floriculture, Food Science and Technology, Livestock Evaluation, Livestock Management, Meats Evaluation and Technology, Nursery and Landscape, Poultry Evaluation, Veterinary Science, and Welding. Chadron students came home with 13 total team ribbons, and 36 total individual ribbons. The chapter had great success! There were over 7,000 members who descended upon UNL East Campus, Pinnacle Bank, Southeast Community College, and several downtown hotels to compete at state convention.

Ag Biotechnology placed 5th out of 24 teams with team members Hunter Hawk and Kayley
Galbraith both placing within the top eight, Madison Cogdill placing 15th, and Tate Ryan placing 17th all
out of 96 total students.
Ag Communications placed 6th out of 21 teams. Hunter Hawk placed first in the web design portion,
Michael Matt placed 11th in video design, Madison Cogdill placed 13th in opinion writing, and MiaKayla
Koerber placed 5th in journalistic writing. This was the first time our chapter had qualified for this event
and were district champions going into state.

In Ag Technology and Mechanics, the team worked together to place 15th out of 49 total teams.
Individually, Michael Collins placed 24th, Joe Matt placed 58th, Lance Cattin placed 84th, and Jacob
Lemmon placed 88th all out of 196 students.

The freshman Agriscience team placed 29th out of 107 teams. Allie Watson placed 89th, Emma Cogdill
placed 96th, Ella O’Brien placed 183rd, all out of 417 students. Kadence Wild also was also a member
of the team and helped to the team placing.     
The Chadron Agronomy team places 20th out of 109 total teams, with Drew Jersild placing 46th, Billy
Tidyman placing 51st, Cody Madsen placing 61st out of 430 students. Dadi Serres was also a member
of the Agronomy team and contributed to the overall placing.

The Environmental and Natural Resources team placed 63rd out of 105 teams with Tate Ryan placing
105th, Cole Madsen placing 196th, out of 416 students.  Alyeea Lopez and Shannon O’Rourke were
part of the team.

Farm and Business Management placed 25th out of 83 teams. The individuals who made up this team
were Drew Jersild who placed 36th, Clark Riesen who placed 83rd, Kylee Garrett who placed 137th, and
Cole Madsen who placed 162nd out of 326 total students.

Floriculture placed 39th out of 49 teams. The team was made up of Hailey Watson who placed 64th,
MiaKayla Koerber placed 71st, out of 195 students.  Krysta Dawson and Shannon O’Rourke were also
team members.

The Food Science and Technology team placed 10th out of 36 teams. The team was made up of Billy
Tidyman who placed 30th, Dadi Serres who placed 37th,True Thorne who placed 38th, out of 144
students. Pamela Fisher also contributed points as a team member. This was the first time our chapter
had qualified for this event and were district champions going into state.

In Livestock Evaluation: Senior Division, the team placed 26th out of 47 teams, with Beau Jersild placing
24th, Clark Riesen placing 63rd, out of 182 students. Dan Dunbar and Alexys Fernandez also competed
as team members.

The Chadron FFA Livestock Management team placed 3rd out of 49 teams. The team consisted of
Mackenzie Scoggan, Cody Madsen, Hunter Hawk, Katie Lewin, and Alexys Fernandez. The team won
the poultry division, placed third in Dairy, and 4th in Equine.

In the Meats Evaluation competition, the team placed 47th out of 108 teams, with Michael Matt placing
76th, True Thorne placing 189th out of 420 students. Lance Cattin was part of the team.

The Nursery and Landscape team placed 12th out of 24 teams, and was made up of MiaKayla Koerber
and Hailey Watson who both tied for 18th out of 96 students. Krysta Dawson and Alyeea Lopez were
also part of the team.

The Poultry Evaluation team placed 7th out of 23 teams, with Cody Madsen placing 9th, Samantha
Johns placing 35th, Mackenzie Scoggan placing 39th, out of 92 students. Katie Lewin was also a
member and helped with the team placing. This event was new to the state. Teams had to win the
district Livestock Management contest to be eligible to compete.

Veterinary Science placed 13th out of 36 teams with Samantha Johns placing 51st, Beau Jersild placing
59th, out of 144 students. Renee Redfern and Mackenzie Scoggan provided help to the overall team

The Welding team placed 16th out of 60 teams, with Dan Dunbar placing 9th out of 60 students in Arc
Welding, Joe Matt placing 12th out of 60 students in Oxyacetylene, and Michael Collins competing in
MIG to help out with the overall team standing.

In addition to the Career Development Events, our chapter had three students qualify in Leadership
Development Events. Hunter Hawk competed in Senior Public Speaking and placed third overall,
receiving a gold medal. Renee Redfern competed in Cooperative Speaking and placed in the top ten,
received a silver medal. Jacob Lemmon competed in Employment Skills and also placed in the top ten,
received a silver medal.

It would not have been possible to study for all of the events without the help of several volunteers such
as Lucinda Mays, Dave Carlson, Justin Madsen, Bailey Lupher, Jessica Hartman, John Cattin, and
Butler Ag. With so many students qualifying and competing all over town, Amy Hawk and Jim O’Rourke
road along and helped out as additional chaperones.
All in all, the Chadron FFA Chapter had a very successful year, and is sad to see it come to a close.
Young members within the group will have some large shoes to fill this coming year as 12 senior
members will be graduating and moving on. Many of these seniors have been members since freshman
year when the club was first getting started, and have been excellent influences by contributing to and
teaching the younger members. The chapter will be holding its annual celebration banquet on April 29th
as new officers will be taking over. This year has been a wild ride full of new accomplishments,
experiences, and memories.

Thank you Chadron FFA.

Submitted by Billy Tidyman
Chapter Reporter

Hunter Hawk awaits Senior Public Speaking Finals. He placed 3rd. He also placed 1st in Web Design in
Agricultural Communications.

Shannon O’Rourke, Aleeya Lopez, Cole Madsen, and Tate Ryan compete in Wildlife & Natural
Resources contest.

Seniors MiaKayla Koerber, Dadrianna Serres, Pamela Fisher and Billy Tidyman get ready for their
last state convention. Chadron FFA had 12 seniors who have contributed greatly to the successes
of the chapter.

Monday, April 16, 2018

HS Sports Physicals - Wednesday, May 2nd

The High School sports physicals are scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7am in the High School Gym/locker room area.  

The school nurses are sending home a sports physical form. We request that parents/guardians fill in the Health History and sign permission at the bottom of physical form.  Then return the completed form to the high school by April 20, 2018 along with $5 donation.

Your student MUST have the form signed and returned to receive a physical.

(From the School Nurses)
Chadron Public School
Sports/Extracurricular Activity Physicals

Any student that intends on participating in any sport or extracurricular activity for the 2018-19 school
year must have a current physical turned into the school.  The Chadron Medical Clinic providers are
giving an opportunity for your student to get the physical done at school.

Your student MUST have the form signed and returned to receive a physical.  If the form is not completed and signed by the parent/guardian, the student will not receive a physical. All physicals will be done in the High School locker room/concessions area (north side).

If, for a reason given by the medical provider, your student is NOT cleared to participate and needs
“follow up”, the school nurses will notify you.  If your student has a conflict with the morning that is
assigned for her/his grade, let us know and we will get them in on the other day!

The providers will NOT be completing club softball, baseball, boy/girl scouts or any other non-school
related physicals at this time.  

We are so thankful to our community providers and families for making this opportunity available for our
students.  If you have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the school.
Hope to see your student/s there!

Thank You,

Jennifer Pyle RN-BSN
Patrick Jespersen RN-BSN

Friday, April 13, 2018

No School - Friday, April 13th (Snow Day)

There will be no school today (Friday, April 13th) for Chadron Public Schools due to forecasted snow and wind. Activities scheduled for the day are also cancelled or will be postponed.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

To Subscribe to HS Text Reminders -- Including School Closings ...

If you would like to subscribe to Mr. Mack's high school text message notices, simply text the message "@chsnote" to the number 81010.

This will allow you to be one of the first to be aware of school closings or schedule changes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

State FBLA Results

Grace Sorenson - Emerging Business Issues - 1st out of 15 Teams
Mrs. Brenda Budler - Advisor of the Year for the State of Nebraska

Award Winners
E-Business (20 Teams) - Aubree Noble, Brooklyn Stack & Hunter Hawk - 6th Place out 60 Teams

Job Interview (297 Students) - Brooklyn Stack - 6th Place out of 297 Students Aubree Noble - Honorable Mention - Top 4%

Business Communications (549 Students) - Hunter Hawk - Honorable Mention - Top 4%

Who’s Who in Nebraska FBLA - Aubree Noble

Hospitality Management (60 Teams) - Hunter Hawk, Grace Sorenson, Mande Wollesen - Honorable Mention - Top 4%

Sweepstakes Award - Entire Chapter Award

Introduction to Business Communications (406 Students) Grace Sorenson - Honorable Mention - Top 4%

Gold Seal Chapter Award - Entire Chapter Award

All State Quality Member - Brooklyn Stack Aubree Noble Kellie Waugh Lauren Collins

Business Achievement Award - Business Level Lauren Collins

FBLA Scholarship - $500 Aubree Noble (alternate)

PBL Scholarship - $100 and paid PBL dues Aubree Noble

Monday, April 9, 2018

Brenda Budler Named 2018 Nebraska FBLA Advisor of the Year!

Chadron High School teacher, Brenda Budler, was awarded the 2018 Nebraska FBLA Advisor of the Year during last week's State FBLA Convention.

Mrs. Budler is in her 16th year of teaching Business and Foods classes at Chadron High School. She co-sponsors the Chadron High School FBLA Chapter with Renae Noble.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Chadron HS Wins Big at the 2018 CSC Scholastic Day Contest

Weather drastically limited the number of schools attending the 2018 Chadron State College Scholastic Day Contest. However, Chadron High School students did another amazing job at the contest, especially considering that 35 other students are competing at the State FFA contest in Lincoln, 12 are competing at the State FBLA contest in Omaha, and a few others are competing at the State National History Day contest in Lincoln  ...all at the same time!

Chadron High Students recorded 23 first place finishes!

Top Three Placing Results of the 2018 CSC Scholastic Day Contest:  link to full results


  • 1st - Teresa Gottwald
  • 2nd - Dana Dunbar
Business Management Decision Making
  • 1st - Trysha Brierly
  • 2nd - Abigail Gardner
Earth Science
  • 1st - Hannah Walker
General Science
  • 1st - Hanna Meier
Human Development and Family Life
  • 1st - Chance Nuno
Veterinary Science
  • 1st - Cameron DeNovillis
Business Communication and Vocabulary
  • 1st - Teresa Gottwald
World History
  • 1st - Jay Milburn
  • 3rd - Chance Nuno
  • 1st - Kaylie Elliott
Advanced Mathematics
  • 1st - McCoy Bila
  • 2nd - Caleb Hill
  • 1st - Mark Taylor
Agronomy and Rangeland Management
  • 1st - Jon Vahrenkemp
General Anatomy and Physiology
  • 3rd - McCoy Bila
Nutrition and Family Health
  • 2nd - Zachary Carattini
American History
  • 1st - Abby Hyer
  • 2nd - Jay Milburn
Teaching Presentation
  • 1st - Kat Dodd
Nebraska History
  • 1st - JashwaAlan Cummings
Business Law
  • 1st - Anabel Gardner
Consumer Issues
  • 1st - Alpine Hickstein
Equine Management
  • Hannah Walker
General Biology
  • 1st - Hunter Parks
Physical Education Sports Knowledge
  • 3rd - Nick Wordekemper
  • 1st - Caleb Hill
  • 2nd - Abby Hyer
Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • 1st - Joe-Lewis O'Donnell
Business Mathematics
  • 1st - Nick Wordekemper
  • 1st - McCoy Bila
Animal Science 
  • 1st (tie) - Jon Vahrenkemp
  • 1st (tie) - Anabell Gardner
Algebra II
  • 2nd - Patrick Rust
  • 2nd Teresa Gottwald
English Usage
  • 1st - Sam Rischling
  • 3rd - Kat Dodd